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Buyer Beware ... CD side doesn't work in most players
, August 10, 2005
This is another attempt by Sony/BMG/RCA records to eliminate the illegal copying of music. I bought the Dual Disc version by accident... I opened it and plugged it into my stereo. Nada note.
Close inspection of the Case does say that the CD side doesn't conform to the CD Redbook spec and may not work in all players.
The CD side doesn't work in a Sony Walkman, 3 PCs, MAC, Sony CD Players, car players, and expensive high end audio CD players. The DVD side does work but I can't play DVDs in my car.
The Amazon description doesn't mention that the CD part will not work.
The DVD side in album mode is "enhanced" audio. This means that there is extra data for the other channels in a surround sound system. This doesn't necessarily mean that it conforms to the DVD Audio spec but there is no way to tell.
The DVD Video included is a behind the scenes look at the recording process for the album and is interesting to see once. Also included are some still pictures (for some reason, most are in black and white) of the same data from the Video. It is just like they took a few frames and made them into B&W stills so you would think they are different.
Basically, this disc is not worth the $1 extra over the copy protected DRM version. Yes, the standard CD is copy protected and still brain dead but there may be ways around the copy protection posted on the web if you look for it.
Musically, I have always liked the variety of the DMB. I don't think all songs on this album are up to snuff but some grow on you.
Unfortunately, the inability to play this CD in most of my listening venues will slow down or eliminate the time needed to have the songs grow on me.
Don't buy the DUAL DISC. Tell AMAZON to put a notice up